Announcing the return of Community Day on Saturday!


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Connecting Humans & the Environment


Award-winning natural resources education and activities.

Conservation & Stewardship

Learn about the important connections between humans and the environment.

Outdoor Recreation

Ranging from archery, to a climbing wall, to disc golf, and more.

Salmon Fest will return to the Rocky Reach Dam & Discovery Center September 21 - 23, 2023!

2023 Event Info


SCHOOL DAYS – Thurs & Fri, Sept. 21st & 22nd

COMMUNITY DAY – Saturday, Sept. 23rd

LOCATION – Rocky Reach Dam Discovery Center

Over 30 Years of celebrating Salmon!

The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is a three-day natural resource education event that will be held this fall at the Rocky Reach Dam Discovery Center to celebrate the return of the salmon to the Wenatchee River.  An exciting menu of hands-on activities and “edutainment” provides attendees from throughout North Central Washington a unique opportunity to discover and appreciate the complexities of the natural world and the significance of salmon to people of the northwest. 

Exciting Activities & Exhibits

Salmon Maze Reptile Show Native American Village Sardis Raptor Center Gyotaku Giant Fish Aquarium Wildfire Education

Check out these fun hands-on activities and exhibits that have been a part of 
the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival. 

Want to help with Salmon Fest?  

Supplement your in-person visit with online resources!

Salmon "On-Line"

A Virtual Supplement to the "Reel" Deal

The best Natural Resources Event in the Northwest


Summit Award for Best Environmental Education & Best Children's Program Award

Washington Festivals and Events Association

National Environmental Leadership Award & "Sense of Wonder" Award

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Pinnacle Award — International award for “Best Environmental Education”

International Festivals and Events Association

Conservationist of the Year

Trout Unlimited

Volunteer Organization of the Year

American Fisheries Society

Outstanding Conservation Education

Environmental Education Association of Washington (EEAW)

Carl L. Sullivan Award — “Most Outstanding Conservation Education Event in the United States”

American Fisheries Society International Convention, Hartford, Connecticut

Summit Award for Environmental Education

Washington Festivals and Events Association


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Wenatchee River Salmon Fest 2022 Has Moved!

Wenatchee River Salmon Fest is moving to the Rocky Reach Dam Discovery Center! Due to continued construction at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, Salmon Festival 2022 is moving! We are so excited to announce that the  student education days this year will be taking place at Rocky Reach  Discovery Center on September 15th and 16th. …

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The 2021 Wenatchee River Salmon Festival (Salmon Fest) is alive and well, as it welcomes North Central Washington teachers, students, and the general public to engage in the exciting new 2021 Virtual Salmon Fest. Salmon Fest Team members are thrilled to re-introduce the heavily expanded, “Salmon On-Line”, a virtual supplement to the live festival event,…

This event has been made possible thanks to generous support from the following organizations.
Check out the Sponsorship page for details on how your organization can join the event. 

Festival Hosts

Fun Fish Facts !

  • Salmon returning to the Wenatchee River travel 500 miles and over 7 dams from the Pacific Ocean to get to their place of birth.
  • The oldest salmon fossil found is 50 million years old.
  • The intricacies of a salmon’s genetic code insist that the salmon always faces upstream into the current. This means that when it navigates to the sea it swims tail first.
  • You can count the rings on a fish scale to determine its age, much like counting the rings on a tree.

Get in touch

Festival office

Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
12790 Hatchery Rd.
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Contact Us

Phone : (509) 548-6662 ext. 226

Additional contacts

Education Coordinator –

Vendor Coordinator –